Mar 11, New Delhi: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is participating in the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi, has sought the support of the UN Environment Programme to protect the environment of Sri Lanka.
On the sidelines of the conference today, the President met with the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme UN Environment Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Erik Solheim.
During the meeting, issues relating to the environmental conservation, weather and climate change and marine pollution were discussed and the President apprised regarding the specially designed program to protect the environment of Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena explained that programs have been implemented to increase the forest density from the current 28 percent to 32 percent. He added that the Air Force has launched a special monitoring program for the protection of forests, and once in two weeks the Air Force submits a report to him on the status.
The President further said apprised the UN official of the steps that have been taken to control the use of plastic in Sri Lanka in a background where the marine pollution is a vast problem.
The President pointed out that environmental issues arises as a result of excavating soil for construction activities and requested Mr. Solheim to introduce technological alternatives and proposals in this regard to our country.
The UNEP Executive Director appreciated the initiatives taken by the government towards the protection on environment.
During this meeting, the President and Mr. Solheim, one-time Norway’s Minister of International Development, who acted as the main facilitator of the peace process in Sri Lanka from 1998 to 2005, recalled the relations between Norway and Sri Lanka.